Last week at a town hall event in Shreveport, LA, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) was confronted by a constituent about the enormous amount of money the Koch brothers spend to influence politics in this nation. Rather than admit that perhaps there is too much money in politics, or that some people wield far more influence than they should due to their wealth, Vitter used the opportunity to heap an unbelievable amount of praise on the Kochs. Seriously, the video of his remarks has to be seen to be believed.
Video courtesy of American Bridge:
The two sentences that truly stand out in that clip are as follows:
“I think the Koch brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth.”
“God bless the Koch brothers. They’re fighting for our freedoms.”
Sheesh. It is not uncommon for Republican politicians and pundits to defend the Kochs or state that their influence in Washington is overblown. However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone slobber all over them quite like Vitter did. I’ve seen evangelical Christians show less love for Jesus than Vitter did for the Koch brothers. All that was missing was him weeping and getting down on his knees.
Lately, a meme has been making the rounds among conservative pundits and Republican lawmakers. That meme is that the Kochs do not spend all that much money in the political process and that they are vastly outspent by unions. Vitter praising the Kochs so effusively pretty much destroys that myth. He wound’t be saying they are ‘fighting for our freedoms’ and that they are ‘the most patriotic Americans in history’ if they weren’t spending hundred of millions of dollars every election cycle.
Vitter revealed himself as a Koch-purchased politician and he was making sure that his masters knew how much he loved them. He wants to make certain that the checks keep coming in from the Kochs. Maybe he’ll even get a little bonus now.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).